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Inside and Out

By Matt King

What comes to mind when you think of work hazards? Do you picture a warehouse worker accidentally walking into the path of a forklift? A roofer falling after slipping on a loose shingle? A framer shooting himself in the hand with a nail gun? Or maybe you see a delivery driver swerving off the road to avoid another vehicle.

What about an office?

Not this office, though this too has some serious work hazards.

Not this office, though this too has some serious work hazards.

Office life is often associated with the mundane. People sitting in chairs, staring at screens and typing on keyboards. People only getting up to grab something from the printer, or to walk to a meeting room, before quickly sitting back down again.

And yet, it is still a place of work hazards. It isn’t the clear and present danger of construction sites or warehouses. Nor is it the sudden lurching dangers of the roads. The office is usually a place of subtle hazards, ones that often have their effect over an extended period of time.

In an office, it is important to pay attention to your environment. That can be difficult at times. I know that for me, in my own cubicle, it’s important for me to get up and stretch and to make sure that the design of my office is working for my own body. Otherwise, I will spend hours in the same position, my eyes glued to the screen, my environment fading from view.

There are many different hazards you can encounter in an office, and it’s important you are aware of them. Your back slowly develops issues, all because of a chair’s incorrect ergonomics. An extension cord is lying out across the hallway and someone trips on it, falling flat on his or her face. A worker pulls a muscle when a box of paper turns out to be heavier then expected. These are just some examples.

Think something might be dangerous? Mention it to your supervisor and ask questions. Whether your inside or out, in an office or out on a site, it’s always important to work smart and work safe.

Check out the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for some more resources on working safely in the office.

One Response to “Inside and Out”

  1. […] are used over and over again in the same manner. Whether you spend your work days in an office, sitting at a desk in front of a computer, or on a construction site continuously bending and lifting, you could be at […]

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